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District of Columbia Senior State Director Louis C. Davis, Jr., called our newsline to talk about “You’re Earned A Say” and what it means to people 50+ in the District of Columbia.

AARP has launched You’ve Earned a Say to help Washington, DC residence make their voices heard about the future of Medicare and Social Security—taking the debate out from behind closed doors in Washington and offering Americans reliable information about the long-term financial challenges facing these programs. You’ve Earned a Say will also give people straightforward information about the proposals that are being debated in Washington and on the campaign trail – the pros and the cons – without the political jargon and spin.

‪People have told us that they’ve paid into Medicare and Social Security and have earned a voice in determining the future of these programs. They want the programs to remain strong, to continue to protect health and retirement security for today’s seniors and future generations. But they also know that politicians are talking about proposals for change behind closed doors in Washington. Americans don’t want decisions about these vital programs to be made that way and have told us that they’re tired of politicians in Washington making backroom deals about the benefits they’ve earned and paid for throughout their working lives.

Louis C. Davis, Jr. was named AARP District of Columbia Senior State Director in late 2009. Louis joined the AARP DC staff in January 2006 with more than a decade of political outreach and grassroots organization experience in the District. Previously, he was a senior project manager for World Vision, where he managed the strategic planning processes, and development of a new vision statement for this international organization operating in over 80 countries. He has also served as an Appropriations Assistant/Senior Legislative Support for U.S. Representative José E. Serrano of New York. In 2006, he received an award from the National AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, for his 1993 legislative work to fund treatment and research for women, infants, children and youth through Title IV of the Ryan White CARE Act, the nation’s largest federally funded program for people living with HIV-AIDS. Since 1994, Title IV has disbursed over $700 million for these groups through a network of over 650 centers around the country. He has implemented democracy and governance programs in West Africa through USAID, and designed grant-making systems to fund high school dropout prevention programs in 21 states. Before coming to DC, Louis worked in the mayor’s office of Chicago, under the late Mayor Harold Washington. Louis holds a BA in political science from Knox College and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He has been a volunteer for ten years at the Children’s National Medical Center here in the District. Louis was accepted into the 2008 class of Leadership Greater Washington (LGW), a professional networking association of regional leaders, and was elected to represent his class on the LGW board of directors for 2008-09.